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sigma or tamron 17-50 f2.8 or sigma 18-35

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sigma or tamron 17-50 f2.8 or sigma 18-35
Jul 1, 2014

Let me give you a bit of background. I am looking mainly for an indoor and low light lens. I am teacher and have started running the yearbook at my school as well as work for a student travel company. I am taking a lot of photos of concerts, shows etc. for the yearbook and many night photos (many at restaurants at dinner) for the travel company. I am not a professional photographer (this has become a serious hobby only for the past few years), but like anyone would like these photos to look nice as much of what I take becomes displayed publicly.

I currently use the Nikon 35mm f1.8 on my d7100 for low light. It takes very nice photos, but I would like the option for a zoom lens. I have narrowed my search to either the tamron or sigma 17-50 f2.8 or Sigma 18-35 f1.8. The 17-50's are less expensive (especially the tamron), wider zoom range and have optical stabilization which should help to compensate for the smaller aperture. Both seem to take fairly nice, sharp photos from what I have read.

The Sigma 18-35 apparently is superior in just about every way in regards to image quality. However, it sounds as if it is quite large and heavy and does not have OS. Obviously a bit more expensive too.

Anyways, any suggestions from people who have used any or all of these lenses? If price did not matter, what would you purchase in my situation?

Thank you for your feedback!

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